Date of Release: 08/26/2005
SAN MARCOS—Citing an impressive list of accomplishments both on and off the field, the Texas State University System Board of Regents Friday voted to extend the contract of Texas State University head football coach David Bailiff.
The contract extension will run through February 2010 and comes as Bailiff enters only his second season at the helm of the Texas State Bobcat football team. His previous contract would have expired in 2007.
“David Bailiff’s commitment to this university and to his student athletes has exceeded all our expectations,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. “His loyalty to his players and to the institution deserves a similar demonstration of loyalty on our part. We are as proud to have David a part of our team as we are proud of him and his team.”
Texas State Director of Athletics Larry Teis echoed Trauth’s sentiments.
“David Bailiff has proven to be an accomplished and effective head football coach. During his first year, he has demonstrated a commitment to academics and athletics for his team that has not existed at Texas State for years. He teaches by example, sets high expectations and demonstrates integrity, character and humility in all that he does,” said Teis.
Bailiff was hired in February 2004, just prior to national signing day for football recruits. In spite of having little opportunity to recruit, he managed to coax a maximum effort from his team. Picked in all polls to finish last in the Southland Conference, the Bobcats entered the final week of the season with an opportunity to win the conference championship and ended up in a tie for second with a 3-2 conference record. The team was 5-6 overall.
Before his arrival, the football team had an overall grade point average of 2.13. That average has increased each of the three semesters Bailiff has led the team. The team’s GPA was 2.35 in spring 2004, 2.38 in fall 2004 and 2.45 in spring 2005.
Bailiff has insisted that his team play an active role in the San Marcos community and in activities on the Texas State campus.
“We want our players to understand that the decisions they make affect not only themselves but others on their team, their coaches, the university and the community. We want them to think on a broader scale,” said Bailiff.
That focus has translated into marketing success for the team and the Texas State Department of Athletics. Since his arrival, the department has seen significant increases in season ticket sales, sponsorships and Bobcat Athletic Foundation memberships.
The Bobcats begin their second season under Bailiff on Saturday, Sept. 3, when they host Delta State at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.